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Emotional Theory of Rationality
Teoría Emocional de la Racionalidad

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Garcés, Mario and Finkel, Lucila (2011) Emotional Theory of Rationality. In Society of Applied Neuroscience - SAN2011, At Thesaloniki, Greece, Volume: Neuroscience Letters, 500s (2011). Society of Applied Neuroscience. (Unpublished)

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In recent decades, it has been definitely established the existence of a close relationship between the emotional phenomena and rational processes, but we still do not have a unified definition, or effective models to describe any of them well. To advance our understanding of the mechanisms governing the behavior of living beings we must integrate multiple theories, experiments and models from both fields. In this paper we propose a new theoretical framework that allows integrating and understanding, from a functional point of view, the emotion-cognition duality. Our reasoning, based on evolutionary principles, add to the definition and understanding of emotion, justifying its origin, explaining its mission and dynamics, and linking it to higher cognitive processes, mainly with attention, cognition, decision-making and consciousness. According to our theory, emotions are the mechanism for brain function optimization, besides being the contingency and stimuli prioritization system. As a result of this approach, we have developed a dynamic systems-level model capable of providing plausible explanations for some psychological and behavioral phenomena, and establish a new framework for scientific definition of some fundamental psychological terms.


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Conference: Society of Applied Neuroscience - SAN2011, At Thesaloniki, Greece, Volume: Neuroscience Letters, 500s (2011

Uncontrolled Keywords:Emotions, cognition, evolution, behavior, consciousness, reality distortion, decision making
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Neurosciences
Medical sciences > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
Medical sciences > Psychology > Developmental psychology
Medical sciences > Psychology > Ability and intelligence
Medical sciences > Psychology > Emotions and Aggresiveness
Medical sciences > Psychology > Emotional intelligence
Medical sciences > Psychology > Motivation
ID Code:39307
Deposited On:10 Oct 2016 09:05
Last Modified:23 Jan 2018 11:42

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